Joylynn Jossel

Biography

Joylynn M. Jossel is a former secular author who now writes under the name BLESSEDselling Author, E. N. Joy. She is the writer behind the five book series, “New Day Divas,” coined the “Soap Opera In Print.” Formerly writing secular works under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, Joy finally divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, Joy formed her own publishing company, END OF THE RAINBOW projects, where she published her own works until landing a book deal with a major publisher. Under End of the Rainbow, Joy has published New York Times and Essence Magazine Bestselling authors in the “Sinner Series,” which include Even Sinners Have Souls, Even Sinners Have Souls TOO and Even Sinners Still Have Souls.

In 2004, Joy branched off into the business of literary consulting where she provides one-on-one consultations and literary services such as ghost writing, editing, professional read-throughs, write behinds, etc… Her clients consist of first time authors, Essence Magazine bestselling authors, New York Times bestselling authors, and entertainers.

Not forsaking her love of poetry in which she has published two works of poetry titled Please Tell Me If the Grass is Greener and World On My Shoulders, Joy plans to turn her focus back to the genre one day. “But my spirit has moved in another direction,” Joy says. Needless to say, she no longer pens street lit (in which two of her titles, If I Ruled the World and Dollar Bill, made the Essence Magazine bestsellers list. Dollar Bill appeared in Newsweek and has also been translated to Japanese). She no longer pens erotica or adult contemporary fiction either, in which one of her titles earned her the Borders bestselling African American romance award at the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Instead, under the name E.N. Joy, she pens Christian fiction, and under the name N. Joy she pens children’s and young adult titles. Joy’s children’s story, The Secret Olivia Told Me, received the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor. Book club rights were acquired by Scholastic Books and the book is on tour at Scholastic Book Fairs in schools across the country. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops Joy performs in schools nationwide.

Currently, Joy is the acquisition editor for Urban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books in which the titles are distributed by Kensington Publishing Corporation out of New York. When she’s not adding her two cents to other authors’ works, she’s diligently working on her own. Joy’s latest projects, the “New Day Divas,” "Still Divas" and "Always Divas" series, are taking the literary world by storm.

Joy is certain her Divas series is the one that is going to afford her with the title of New York Times Bestselling Author. Until then, she doesn’t mind the title of BLESSEDselling author.

Smashwords Interview

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have been writing since the days of elementary school journals and rainy day writings. I started out just writing poems, then graduate to short stories. My first self-published book, Please Tell Me If the Grass Is Greener, was a mixture of poetry and short stories. Well, actually it’s poetic short stories; short stories told in a rhythmic flow. Kind of like a Dr. Seuss book for Grown-ups-LOL. I love La La Land. Growing up, my escape from reality was the La La Land I invented with pen and paper. So, I guess that is truly what drove me to pick up the pen for the first time and begin to take a genuine interest in writing. It was an escape. Some people use drugs, some people use alcohol, some people use sex to escape while other people might use guns. I used a pen and the wonderful English vocabulary. I'd always been a reader, as that was another escape of mine. Ramona the Pest, Nancy Drew and those Little House on the Prairie books were my favorites. But then one day I got my hands on one of my auntie's grown up books, which was Little Girl Lost by Donald Goines. It was the first book I'd ever read with main characters that looked like me. With characters that walked, talked and thought like me. I just remember sneaking the book out at night time and reading it while laying in bed. I was so deeply enthralled that I felt like I became that little girl who was lost. I just remember closing that book upon the final chapter and saying to myself, "One day I'm going to write a book that does that to people." I think I've accomplished that.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of your family.
Hands down-THE READERS. What I need people to understand is yes, as an author, a part of me wants to write stories that I myself want to read. But the moment an author begins to make it all about themselves and not the reader is when the author needs to rethink their purpose for doing what they do. Ultimately, when a product is created, it is created to please and satisfy the consumer. Well, if you are a writer, your product is your collection of written words and the reader is your consumer. Readers are my literary heartbeat. When they send me their testimonies and words of encouragement, it keeps my creative blood flowing to the brain. My readers inspire me to challenge myself. Not all readers reach out to me with praises; some with constructive criticism and then there are those who maybe could have been just a tad more diplomatic in their lashing. When ever I felt as though a certain book might not have reached anyone or that my reach as an author all together just never seemed to stretch far enough, one of my readers would reach out to me and confirm that my writing is not in vain. I don't write for myself and I'm absolutely not one of those authors who you will hear say, "If I could just sell one book and reach one person, then I'm happy; I've done my job." No ma'am and no sir. I do not put all that I put into my work-sacrifice all that I do-just to sell one book or reach one person. Did Jesus set out to reach just one person? Did Jesus go through all that He did and die on that cross just to save one person? I think you get my point...
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Books

Wet
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,630. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica
Joylynn M. Jossel, author of The Root of All Evil and its sequel, When Souls Mate, brings yet another page turning, spicy thriller. Brace yourself, because in this emotional roller-coaster of a ride, when it rains, it pours. So try to stay dry, but the forecast shows that chances are...you'll get WET!
The Ghostwriter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,580. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Although Rhain Garrett's daily nine to five pays for her necessities in life, her nightly devotion and knack for the written word is her passion. What seems like an uneventful life for Rhain all changes after a chance meeting with a man named Fred.
Thicker Than Water
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,840. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Tye and Wade are identical twin brothers that couldn't be closer than if they had been born joined at the hip. Inseparable as boys, teenagers and now men, no one ever thought that anything could come between them. And they were right. Not anything could come between them. It was anyone they should have been more careful of.
World On My Shoulders
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Through the gift of written word you are invited into a sundry universe. World On My Shoulders is the beginning pages to a clandestine diary. Shared with you are many pieces of this best selling author's zealous soul. This vast selection of poetry is diverse in every sense of the word.
Please Tell Me If The Grass Is Greener
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,010. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies
These 7 short stories are peerless of its kind. "Even Snowflakes Have Flaws" takes on the essence of a young woman and her struggle to grasp the perfection society is fixated on. James Sr. forces you to be an accomplice of his brutal thoughts as he fights to cope with failed drea

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